With caissons in the ground, it’s pile-driving time at RIU Plaza Hotel

Yes, caissons are done, but not foundation work, on the RIU Plaza Hotel site at 150 East Ontario in Streeterville. W.E. O’Neil and crew are driving piles into the soil to help support the weight of the 28-story, Lucien Lagrange-designed hotel.

Hey, you know what we should be seeing soon here? Yep. Tower crane permit.

Finally! RIU Plaza Hotel construction has begun at long-vacant Streeterville lot

RIU Plaza Hotel rendering from Lucien Lagrange Studio.

The lot that sat empty at 150 East Ontario for what seemed like an eternity is finally seeing action. Big action.

The RIU Plaza Hotel construction has begun in Streeterville. The City of Chicago issued a permit for caissons and foundation on July 19 for a 28-story, 390-room hotel. W.E. O’Neil is the general contractor. Lucien Lagrange Studio is the design architect. And that’s a big yellow Keller North America rig drilling caissons.

We stopped by in late July to have a first look at site prep, then headed back over this week to see the caisson action. And action we got. Very happy to see work started on this site.

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8000 North: A suburban adventure to Skokie

8000 North, 8000 N Lincoln Ave, Skokie, IL

My quest for suburban tower cranes begins with…….failure. Although I can brag about my first-ever Yellow Line ride.

There aren’t many tower cranes in Chicago, right? So I figure I’ll start heading out to the suburbs for a look. You know, go to them instead of expecting them to come to me. And I’ll start in Skokie, because I know there’s one there. W.E. O’Neil is using that crane to build 8000 North.

Good in theory. But I got there too late. The tower crane has come down. But remember, the loss of a tower crane means progress has been made. So shout-out to the team up in Skokie that’s gotten 8000 North this far:

Design architect Lucien Lagrange Studio

General Contractor W.E. O’Neil

Developer Murphy Development Group (as a public/private partnership with the Village of Skokie)

8000 North is a 12-story, 153-unit apartment development in the aforementioned Chicago suburb of Skokie. Murphy Development Group plans to welcome tenants to move in first quarter of 2022.

I may have missed the tower crane, but it looks like I got here before the first pane of glass has been installed.

Google Streetview did *not* miss the tower crane